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  • Welcome to the 2014- 2015 School Year

    Dear Parkdale High School Students and Parent(s) and Guardian(s):

    Welcome to a new and exciting school year! I hope your summer was filled with opportunities to reflect, learn, and grow.  This school year will bring on new opportunities as well as challenges.  Nevertheless, we will focus on being a Great School, located in a Great Community, servicing Great Families. Our focus has helped us shape our new school mantra – Greatness, Nothing Less! 

    The staff is thrilled that you have entrusted us with your children’s education. We will make every effort to create an environment which is engaging, supportive, and collaborative.  Our goal is to help your child achieve academically as well as socially.  Of course, we need and welcome your support and cooperation. You play a key role in the academic success of our students; therefore, school/parent communication is crucial.

    We are dedicated to fostering a safe, orderly, and nurturing environment with high expectations for all students. We are committed to doing our part in ensuring your child achieves academic excellence; and we look forward to working with you to guarantee that our goal is achieved.

    As the leader of Parkdale High School, I strongly believe that every child can learn and achieve the highest level of academic success with the proper preparation and support. To ensure a successful school year please:

    • Make sure your child is in school on time everyday. Breakfast is offered to all students from 7:15 AM-7:44   A.M.  Instruction begins promptly at 7:45 AM. 
    • Allot time for daily studying and review.  In addition, your child must read daily to improve overall literacy.
    • Return all requested forms and documents to school in a timely manner.

    Ensure your child has the school uniform.  We are a mandatory uniform school.  
SCHOOL UNIFORMS ARE TO BE WORN EVERY DAY BEGINNING WITH THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL.  All sweaters and jackets must comply with the uniform expectation.  No multicolored sweaters and jackets. 


    • Systemic Orientation Day  9th Graders - Monday, August 25, 2014
      (Full Day)
    • First Day of School for ALL Students - Tuesday, August 26, 2014
    • Labor Day – September 1, 2014 – Schools and Offices are Closed
    • Back-to-School Night – Wednesday, September 10, 2014
      6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – PHS Gymnasium

    We will continue to offer classroom and school-based intervention strategies and support services for all students who need them.  Our instructional program will be far more effective with your active participation. Your presence is not only welcomed, but it is greatly needed! 
Below you will find key information about the start of the school year.   My staff and I look forward to working with each and every one of you.  Together, We Will Achieve Greatness – Nothing Less!


    Tanya L. Washington, Principal



     Important Information            


    SCHEDULES:  On the first day of school, all students will report to their administrative homerooms to receive their official schedules and other information.  Administrative homeroom lists will be posted on the first day of school.  Parents, please be reminded that students are to bring home materials given to them during this time.


    STUDENT ID’S: All Parkdale students will receive a new photo I.D. during the first month of school. Returning Parkdale students who have I.D.’s from last year are encouraged to wear them on the first day.   ALL STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR THEIR ID’S AROUND THEIR NECKS AT ALL TIMES in accordance with Section V of the Prince George’s County Public Schools Code of Student Conduct.  Students who lose their I.D.’s during the school year must purchase a replacement badge at the full cost of $5.00.  NO EXCEPTIONS.


    BUS TRANSPORTATION:  Bus routing is computerized.  Go to for bus information.  You will receive a letter from the Transportation Department indicating student a.m. and p.m. routes with stops and times.  Students are not permitted to ride any bus other than their assigned route.  If you have any questions in regard to transportation, please contact Assistant Principal Sylvanus Jarrett.


    STUDENT OBLIGATIONS:  Many students have book withholds.  Students must return their books or pay for their books prior to the start of school on August 26, 2014.  Payment is accepted in the Main Office in cash or money order.  NO PERSONAL CHECKS.


    EARLY DEPARTURES:  A note should be sent to the Main Office the morning before all scheduled early departures.  This note should include the student’s name, the time, date and reason for the departure and a phone number where parent/guardian may be reached to confirm.  Once confirmation has been made, the student will receive a pass and will be called down to the Main Office when parent/guardian arrives for departure.  There will be no early departures after 2:00 p.m. unless the Main Office has received a prior written request as described above.  Your child will be paged to meet you after the final bell has rung at 2:25 p.m.


    FREE AND REDUCED LUNCH:  Free and reduced lunch applications will be available the first week of school.  Please read the application carefully.  If your child qualifies, have him/her return the completed form to the attendance office (room 115).  If you have any questions, please contact Assistant Principal Lori Taylor at ext. 3081.


    RETURNED MAIL:  It is extremely important that Parkdale maintains correct addresses, phone numbers and any other pertinent information for its students.  This is a requirement by the State of Maryland and PGCPS for your safety.  If there is any change of information that should be updated in our records for the 2014-2015 school year, please contact the Guidance Office immediately.  Failure to provide a correct address could result in a student’s withdrawal.


    ATHLETICS:  Practice sessions begin on August 13 for football, soccer, volleyball, golf, cross country and cheerleading.  In order to participate in a sport, a student must have achieved a GPA of 2.0 or better without a grade of “E” during the preceding quarter (4th quarter 2013-2014).  Further, the following forms must be completed:  Sportsmanship Athletes and Parents Code of Ethics; parental permission for participation in Interscholastic Athletics; physical form; and, emergency care information form.  If you have any questions, please contact Athletic Director Brian Moore at ext. 2021.




    Pants: Khaki (tan) – Must be appropriately sized to eliminate bagging or sagging.  Slacks are to be worn at the natural waistline. No baggy pants.  No jeans or denim clothing

    Shorts: Khaki (tan) – May only be worn by male students.

    Skirts or Skorts: Khaki (tan) – Skirts or skorts must be worn at the natural waistline.

    Shirts:  Black polo, dark green polo, white polo or white button-down oxford.  Shirts may be short or long-sleeved.  Shirts must be tucked into pants, skirts, skorts or shorts.  No cropped shirts

    Belts:  Black or Brown – No ornamental belts are permitted.

    Socks: Black, dark green, brown or white

    Tights:  Black, dark green, brown or white - Tights displaying designs, graphics, fishnet holes, etc. are unacceptable.

    Shoes: Solid color shoes, tennis shoes, boots  in black, brown or white.  Note:  Shoe logo (Nike Addidas, etc.) must be the same color as the shoe (black or brown).  Heels on shoes should be no taller than one inch.  No slippers or flip-flops

    Head Coverings:  As stated in the PGCPS System-Wide Dress Code for Students:   “Headdresses may be worn indoors for religious or health reasons only.”

    Blazers, Sweaters & Fleece Jackets (optional):  Black, dark green or white

    The following styles and fabrics ARE NOT PERMITTED:

    No stretch, tight, or form-fitting clothing

    No hooded clothing (with the exception of PHS sportswear and/or PHS hooded sweatshirts)

    No blazers or sweaters around the waist

    No “creative” alterations to any clothing (cut-out holes, rips, drawings, etc.)

    No sunglasses are to be worn inside the building


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    Vision Statement


    Parkdale High School, a diverse community of learners, provides well developed programs and learning experiences to increase the academic achievement and personal and social development which integrates the arts, technology, communication, and the core academic areas.

    Parkdale High School fosters a safe, orderly and productive learning environment that stimulates and supports students that communicate effectively, think critically, solve problems and are technologically adaptive to a constantly changing world.

    Parkdale High School, in partnership with the community, parents, and other stakeholders, through curricular and extra-curricular activities consistent with the Core Standards of Excellence ensures that students become responsible and accountable individuals committed to serving the wider community with honesty and integrity.

    The Productive and Honorable Students of Parkdale High will be graduated in four years, college and career ready, and possess the skills necessary to make them life-long learners and valuable contributors in our technological and global society.